Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shot of the Day for March 14, 2009

Drayton Parslow Church, England

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Good News for March 15 (posted by Mary Beth)

Meet St. Patrick

"Allow me to introduce myself. You may have heard of me. My name is Patrick. But before everybody celebrates another day, I decided to come back 1,500 years to set the record straight about who I am and what I've done."

Brush up on your St. Patrick's history -- click here.

Shuttle Discovery, crew of 7 blast off for international space station after monthlong delay

"Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven rocketed into orbit Sunday evening, setting off on a space station construction mission cut short by launch delays that dragged on for more than a month."

Click here for more on the story.

Soothe Stiff Joints with This Sleep Position

"Don't you hate it when you sleep wrong and all of a sudden getting out of bed is a struggle?

So before you nod off, do a quick posture check. There are three sleep positions that help ease strain on your head, neck, and back. What are they? Read on . . ."

To learn more about the answers,click here.

Gratitude for a child saved

"More than two-dozen first-graders were squealing and bouncing balls that mid-February morning in the gym at East Boston Central Catholic School when 6-year-old Olivia Quigley suddenly collapsed. No one saw it coming. The little girl with the strawberry blonde hair and no front teeth had been in perfect health."

Meet Olivia and the people who came to her aid by clicking here.

Discounter hits the right note during the downturn

"After more than a decade, discounter A.J. Wright is finally getting it right.

The chain, run by TJX Cos. in Framingham., recently reported turning an annual profit for 2008, the first time the merchant has done so since launching in 1998."

Click here for more on A.J. Wright's successful strategy.

St. Patrick's Pooches: How many can you name besides Irish setters?

"Sure, you know Big Red. But how many other Irish dog breeds do you know? Can you name eight American Kennel Club-sanctioned lovable breeds of Irish descent?"

To test your knowledge of Irish canines, click here.

Therapy to suppress peanut allergies is reported

"After years of frustration, allergists meeting in Washington proclaimed a small but significant victory against life-threatening peanut allergies."

Click here for more on their progress.

World Vision Expands Operations to Reach Those Hardest Hit by Recession

"World Vision is excited to announce plans to expand its operations in Philippi, West Virginia and the surrounding communities. In addition to expanding its local operations, World Vision is preparing to launch a new national initiative later this year to help fight the root causes of rural poverty. Both programs will be based in Philippi, West Virginia."

Read more on this ministry's plans here.

Sunday, March 15, 2009 Good News Stories

Easy Care, Low Maintenance Perennials

"There is such a thing as a low maintenance, easy care perennial plant. It may vary from climate to climate and season to season, but there are many wonderful perennial plants that can be labeled low maintenance. The two basic tricks are: [ol] [li]Pick plants suited to your site [li]Allow them time to become established [/ol] [p]If you do this, you will have at least a few low maintenance, undemanding plants providing interest and bloom in the perennial border. This is not to say your garden will be no maintenance. Where's the fun in that? But these 10 plants will allow you time to enjoy gardening."

Click here to read about the 10 plants.

How to tell, what to do if computer is infected (AP)

"Computer-virus infections don't cause your machine to crash anymore.
Nowadays, the criminals behind the infections usually want your computer operating in top form so you don't know something's wrong. That way, they can log your keystrokes and steal any passwords or credit-card numbers you enter at Web sites, or they can link your infected computer with others to send out spam."

Click here to read more.

Money smarts

"If personal finance were a high-school graduation requirement, would we have avoided the current financial crisis? Probably not. But a higher level of money smarts among American consumers might have ameliorated some of the problems we're seeing today."

Click here to read more.

ABC’s for Cleaning out Your Closet

"Spring inspires many of us to tackle the dreaded task of cleaning out our closet. If you have vowed to make your closet part of this year’s “spring cleaning” project, here are the ABC’s you need to know to make it happen."

Click here to read more.